Yampa Valley Fly Fishers host international film festival focused on angling
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — The 2018 International Fly Fishing Film Festival will make its way to Steamboat Springs for the first time as the Yampa Valley Fly Fishers host their sixth annual fundraiser with screenings at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Chief Theater.
Produced by professional filmmakers from around the world, the festival’s nine films showcase the passion, lifestyle and culture of fly fishing with mesmerizing cinematography, a look at exotic areas and its wildlife as well as intriguing characters and storylines.
From the depths of the Brazilian Amazon Rainforest in search of giant peacock bass in “Rio de Gigantes” to Thailand in pursuit of the elusive blue mahseer to catching Atlantic salmon in “Outside by the River” to California in pursuit of the mako shark, the films will inspire both the avid angler and outdoor enthusiast.
“We can live vicariously through these films,” said Dan Chovan, vice president of Yampa Valley Fly Fishers. “It could be things that might inspire us to go somewhere, or it could just be to enjoy these exotic places and being amazed at what’s there.”
For anglers, fly fishing is more than just a hobby. It’s a way of life.
“Fly fishing for me has this depth in connecting to the natural world,” said Chovan, who has been fly fishing for over 40 years. “Out there on the river, I’m totally focused on the flow of the river and where the fish might be or the act of casting. On the river, my mind is free of any worries.”
In the last year alone, Chovan said fly fishing has grown as he’s seen more anglers out on the river banks, which has created an even greater need to protect the habitats to ensure pristine fishing areas for the future.
“It’s a limited resource, so we are trying to do our best to take care of it, especially with increased pressures now like the climate with warmer summers and more droughts,” said Chovan about the club’s efforts. “We need to take care of our natural areas.”
Founded in 1983, as one of Trout Unlimiteds 400 chapters from Maine to Montana to Alaska, Yampa Valley Fly Fishers’ fundraising efforts have gone to projects ranging from stabilizing river banks and planting vegetation to a middle school youth education program. The club has also constructed a culvert to allow for fish migration under a ski way in Burgess Creek and distributed signage along the Yampa River to identify areas where fish will be spawning and to provide warnings to not fish in those areas.
“It’s a pretty solitary sport as you make your way up and down the river,” Chovan said. “This is a way to get together and celebrate the sport.”
The night of short films will be accompanied by opportunities to win swag, dream about fishing and support the local chapter.
Tickets are $15 in advance and are available at Steamboat Flyfisher, Bucking Rainbow, Straightline Sports and Henderson Fly Fishing. Tickets at the door are $20.
2018 International Fly Fishing Film Festival official selections:
- Adventure Well – “Fishing Beyond the River”
- Anglers Eye Media – “Mako”
- Burl Productions – “DIYAK”
- Capture Adventure Media – “Confluentus: The Merging of All Things”
- Fly Fusion Films – “Focus”
- Hooke – “Outside by the River”
- Josh Nugent – “Ty’s Flies”
- Todd Moen Creative – “Rio de Gigantes – Amazon Peacock Bass”
- InTents Media – “Seriously North”
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